Selena Jones

Call: 2011

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Selena has developed a strong criminal practice both defending and prosecuting. She has experience of a broad range of criminal offences including dishonesty offences, possession and supply of drug related offences, and offences relating to violence. She is highly valued by lay and professional clients and is renowned for her “fearless approach to defence” and has been commended for her written and oral advocacy by those who instruct her. Selena has been commended by judges as an advocate with “ability, knowledge, principled confidence and strong ethics together with a thoroughly pleasant and highly persuasive manner”. An instructing solicitor commented in respect of one case that her “approach and skilled management …was integral to a finding of ‘not guilty’ on all counts”. Examples of Selena’s notable cases are listed below.

With a background in specialist fraud, Selena is regularly instructed in cases concerning fraud and offences of dishonesty. She is recognised for her skilful handling of cases involving vulnerable defendants. Described as having a “wonderful aura which makes clients feel at ease”. Selena has appeared in contested confiscation hearings and is presently instructed in a case involving legal argument on whether a confiscation order constitutes a breach of Article 1 of the First Protocol to the European Convention.

Selena has also been instructed on behalf of members of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association and in extradition matters.

Notable cases

R v O – Wood Green Crown Court – 2018

O was charged with attempted murder. The charges were subsequently amended to Making a Threat to Kill, Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm and Assault by Beating. O had ill mental health which caused her to become highly emotional and volatile. Following discussions with the Probation Service about the sentencing options, the possibilities for real progress, and submissions to the Judge; after several hearings O was sentenced to 11 months custody which resulted in O’s immediate release from custody.

 

R v OD – Bromley Magistrates’ Court – 2018

Successfully represented a client who was accused of making false representations to the Department of Work and Pensions. The case was dismissed.

 

R v DA – Harrow Crown Court – 2018

Represented DA for a committal to the Crown Court for sentence.  DA was charged with dishonestly failing to disclose information, which she was under a legal duty to disclose, namely subletting a social housing property and failing to reside at the property as her only or principal home for over 6 years.  DA was sentenced to a Suspended Sentence Order

 

R v GE – Guildford Crown Court – 2018

Represented GE accused of failing to notify a change in circumstances to obtain Housing Benefit by failing to disclose an increase in his income.

General crime

R v TG – Harrow Crown Court – 2018

Defended TG accused of assault and Possession with Intent to Supply a controlled drug. Acquitted of Possession with Intent to Supply a controlled drug

 

R v SS – Isleworth Crown Court – 2018

SS accused of driving dangerously on residential roads, forcing oncoming traffic to pull out to avoid collisions and accelerating to evade detention by Police Officers by driving at speeds in excess of 70 mph.  Acquitted following trial.

 

R v AM – 2018 – Redbridge Magistrates’ Court

Defended AM who was accused of assaulting a family member. The bench was hung following trial. The case was listed for a re-trial. Successful written representations were made prior to the trial by Selena. The case was subsequently dismissed.

 

R v JM – Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court – 2017

Successfully represented JM who was charged with Battery.  JM was accused of punching the complainant to the head causing the complainant to fall unconscious on impact.  The incident was captured on CCTV footage which was played during the trial.  Acquitted after trial.

 

R v J– Wimbledon Youth Court – 2017

Defended youth accused of Going Equipped to Steal.  Upon being stopped and searched J was found with a screwdriver, gloves and a balaclava.  Acquitted after trial.

 

R v BH – Medway Magistrates’ Court – 2017

Secured acquittal after trial for occasioning actual bodily harm, battery and criminal damage.

 

Cases involving mental health issues

R v BJ – Snaresbrook Crown Court – 2018

BJ accused of Racially Aggravated Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm upon a gaoler.  BJ suffered with a number of mental health conditions, therefore was extremely vulnerable. Through skilful questioning of the witness and upon conclusion of the trial, Selena secured a unanimous acquittal for BJ.

 

R v KR – Stratford Magistrates’ Court – 2018

Represented KR in respect of two cases.  KR was accused in the first case of committing Criminal Damage and Assaulting a Police Constable in the execution of his duty.  In the second case KR was accused of committing an assault on another Police Officer on a different day.  KR was vulnerable and was suffering with ill mental health.  Following representations to the Crown Prosecution Service both cases were dismissed on the date scheduled for the both trials.

Youths

R v D – 2017

Successfully advanced a submission of no case to answer at the end of a prosecution case of an allegation of possessing a bladed or sharply pointed article inside a prison. Case dismissed.

 

R v N – Stevenage Magistrates’ Court – 2017

Defended N accused of stealing high value bicycles over the course of a month.  The theft of the bicycles was captured on CCTV. Successfully made a submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case.  Case was dismissed.

Proceeds of Crime Act

R v MA – Confiscation Hearing– Harrow Crown Court 2018

Defended MA of confiscation order sought by local Authority to recover benefit gained from MA subletting her social housing property.

 

R v AD – Confiscation Hearing – Inner London Crown Court

Prosecuted confiscation proceedings relating to benefit fraud resulting from AD’s failure to disclose a change in her circumstances.

 

R v RG others – Confiscation Hearing – Swindon Crown Court

Secured a nominal amount in a confiscation order made in respect of a case relating to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Other experience

Prior to becoming a barrister, Selena was an accomplished Senior Fraud investigator. Selena was selected to lead a successful project which was funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in respect of Serious Organised Criminal Networks. A notable case was selected by the BBC, Selena worked as the lead investigator on behalf of two local authorities and the Department for Work and Pensions concerning an individual who used multiple identities to perpetuate a large-scale fraud which was valued at £314,126.77. The BBC re-enacted the case and featured it in a documentary. Selena received commendation and praise from the BBC on leading “an excellent investigation.”. Selena has a wealth of experience in diverse, complex and serious fraud cases, during which she developed expertise in the prosecution of offences relating to Housing Law; an insight which has proved invaluable in her practice.

Academic
  • Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn Sunley Scholarship 2017.
  • Bar Vocational Course – City Law School – 2011
  • Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist – University of Portsmouth
  • Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn Hardwick Entrance Award 2009.
  • Course Director’s Prize LLB Law for Outstanding Achievement 2008.
  • LLB Law – London South Bank University; Part Time – Upper Second Class
Appointments
  • Attorney General’s Junior Juniors scheme – (Appointed in 2017)
  • FE Investigator for Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces
  • CPS Advocates Panel general Crime Level 1
  • Appointed as a Magistrate (2010)
Professional memberships
  • Criminal Bar Association
Publications
  • “Criminalising subletting; A step too far, or not far enough? The Barrister Magazine, 52nd Edition, April 2012, p.12.
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